Email Scam Warning

Dublin City Council And An Garda Síochána Warn Of Email Scam To Would-Be House Renters In Dublin

The City Council (DCC) and An Garda Síochána (AGS) are warning prospective private renters in Dublin, that we have been notified of an email scam, purporting to require a down payment of a sum of money to DCC, to secure a tenancy in various residential properties in Dublin City. We have been alerted to three such incidents to date and it would appear that persons living abroad and looking to rent in Dublin are currently being targeted. However, we encourage the public to be vigilant and any person targeted with this scam should not to respond, but instead, report it immediately to An Garda Síochána.  DCC wishes to emphasise that it has no involvement whatsoever in private lettings.

Very good practical advice is available from the AGS website at http://bit.ly/GardaRentalScamsAdvice to prospective renters on how to avoid falling victim to residential rental scams.

A bogus name, “Alfred Marshall” and bogus email address “Dublin City Council Dublin City Council” <dublin_city_council@dublin.com>” , is being used to extort money from unsuspecting persons. Further engagement with this bogus email address requires the would-be tenant to sign a “Residential Tenancy Agreement” and pay a “Security Deposit”.  The following is an example of the email scam purporting that private lettings are contingent on a rubber-stamping by Dublin City Council (It should also be noted that no section called “Notarization and Endorsement Section” exists in DCC):

Email Scam


From: "Dublin City Council Dublin City Council" <dublin_city_council@dublin.com>

Date: September 9, 2016 at 10:57:01 AM CDT

To: “Recipient”

Cc: “Recipient”

Subject: Re: FEEDBACK on case File #: TNA83028

 

Dear Landlord, Tenant and Co-tenant (sponsor),

 

      As a feedback to your case file number TNA83028 in respect of residential lease agreement between the two parties stated herein for a bedroom with separate bath and toilet situated at Apartment XX, Address. After critical review of the agreement by the council executives they have come to conclusion that the tenant is eligible to take up the apartment but certain obligations must be meet before final handling-over of the property could take place.

 

The landlord must remit 5% of the first month rent deposit to the city council account nothing later than 10th day of September, 2016 and 2% of monthly rent on every month rent the landlord will be receiving from the tenant which will serves as council dues (Tax).

The tenant being an international tenant and most especially from a region experiencing insurgency of recent; the equivalent amount of two months' rent must be deposit to the council account by or before 10th day of September, 2016, this will serves as a city security deposit which will be refund back to the tenant not later than October 10th, 2016and this will enable the tenant to ger his/her PPS process on due time. (The city council security deposit is different from the housing/property security deposit, note this.)

 

Note, all the above stated conditions must be met by all parties involved in this agreement before this agreement could be consider finalize, endorse and notarize by the city council. This is compulsory because this property falls under Dublin Council Home Ownership Scheme and the council stands as principal manager of the whole buildings because the building is consider as one of Dublin heritage centres.

 

Don't hesitate to ask questions on any issue that is unclear to you and I will take my time to answer them in details.

 

Thank you and have great day!

 

Alfred Marshall

Senior officer

Dublin City Council

Housing and Residential Services Department

Notarization and Endorsement Section

Block 1, Floor 1

Civic Offices

Wood Quay

Dublin 8

Phone: +353 1 222 2222


Ends.

 

An example of a bogus Tenancy Agreement can be found at the following link:

 

http://bit.ly/BogusResidentialTenancyAgreement

 

For further information contact:

https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil

www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil

 

Note to Editor

 

DCC is aware of at least three incidents of this email scam so far, one it would appear, involving the transfer of funds from an unsuspecting victim in the amount €1,140 by way of a “Security Deposit”. Fortunately, the other two would-be tenants contacted DCC in advance of any funds being transferred and we were able to advise that we have no role in securing a tenancy or requiring payment of local taxation regarding the housing rental sector.  We highlight this scam in order to prevent others from becoming victims to this type of crime. DCC has provided AGS with details of all three incidents and they are currently investigating the matter.

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